Decades after it was written on the eve of World War II, a lost Poirot story has been found. For more than 60 years, the story had been hidden from the world in the handwritten jottings of Dame Agatha Christies's notebooks. It was "discovered" by Christie enthusiast John Curran, who chanced upon it as he was going through Christie's notes - a project which has resulted in the upcoming publication of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S SECRET NOTEBOOKS - a treasure trove of never-before known information about the beloved mystery author and her writings. You can read a little more about that book, which will be released on 6 September in the UK and will surely interest many mystery fans worldwide, at:
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S SECRET NOTEBOOKS is touted as a "fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie's 73 recently discovered notebooks, including illustrations, deleted extracts, and two unpublished Poirot stories... Buried in this treasure trove, all in her unmistakable handwriting, are revelations about her famous books that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story. What is the 'deleted scene' in her first book, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES? How did the infamous twist in THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD really come about? Which very famous Poirot novel started life as an adventure for Miss Marple? Which books were designed to have completely different endings, and what were they? Full of details she was too modest to reveal in her own Autobiography, this remarkable new book includes a wealth of extracts and pages reproduced directly from the notebooks and her letters, plus for the first time two newly discovered complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published."
The Daily Mail is serialising one of those previously undiscovered Poirot stories, THE CAPTURE OF CEREBUS (note -there was a different Poirot short story published under that same name in 1947). It is apparently quite unusual for Christie, in that it contained some faily blatant political comment, including a character that was a clear reference to Adolf Hitler (perhaps the reason for it not being published at the time).
You can read more about this exciting discovery of the 'new' Hercule Poirot story, and the first part of the story itself, at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208212/Unseen-60-years-Mail-proudly-present-Agatha-Christies-lost-masterpiece-The-Capture-Cerberus.html
What do you think of this news? Was Christie the author that originally got you interested in crime fiction? Are you a fan? What do you think of the first part of the "new" Poirot story? Does the upcoming "behind the scenes" book interest you? All comments welcome.